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Server C Drive Space [message #163671] Thu, 04 June 2009 15:01 Go to next message
Marco Yee  is currently offline Marco Yee  United States
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Registered: October 2009
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Hi,

I have a Windows 2003 R2 Standard server, SP2 that join to domain. It is a
DC. Now its c drive is going to be full. Is there any way to copy all C
drive data to a new bigger hard drive and no need to restore AD data and
re-intall all programs? Most of my files, programs and data is on D drive.
For C drive , I only install backup and anti-virus software. I am not sure
if this is right place to post this question?

Thanks for any helps.

Marco
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163672 is a reply to message #163671] Thu, 04 June 2009 15:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
news  is currently offline news  Switzerland
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"Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
news:OI7UQbU5JHA.4184@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
>
> I have a Windows 2003 R2 Standard server, SP2 that join to domain. It is a
> DC. Now its c drive is going to be full. Is there any way to copy all C
> drive data to a new bigger hard drive and no need to restore AD data and
> re-intall all programs? Most of my files, programs and data is on D
> drive. For C drive , I only install backup and anti-virus software. I am
> not sure if this is right place to post this question?
>
> Thanks for any helps.
>
> Marco

I would do this:
1. Get a new disk of suitable size.
2. Partition & format.
3. Mark the boot partition as "active".
4. Connect the old and the new disk as slave disks to some other Windows PC.
5. Use robocopy.exe to copy everything from the old to the new disk.
6. Connect the new disk to the server and test it. Do NOT connect the old
disk at the same time.

This is a low-cost and zero-risk method to obtain whatever partition size
you require.
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163681 is a reply to message #163672] Thu, 04 June 2009 17:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
anthony  is currently offline anthony  United Kingdom
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That's a good tip, Pegasus

"Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:ubwQYuU5JHA.3968@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>
> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
> news:OI7UQbU5JHA.4184@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Hi,
>>
>> I have a Windows 2003 R2 Standard server, SP2 that join to domain. It is
>> a DC. Now its c drive is going to be full. Is there any way to copy all C
>> drive data to a new bigger hard drive and no need to restore AD data and
>> re-intall all programs? Most of my files, programs and data is on D
>> drive. For C drive , I only install backup and anti-virus software. I am
>> not sure if this is right place to post this question?
>>
>> Thanks for any helps.
>>
>> Marco
>
> I would do this:
> 1. Get a new disk of suitable size.
> 2. Partition & format.
> 3. Mark the boot partition as "active".
> 4. Connect the old and the new disk as slave disks to some other Windows
> PC.
> 5. Use robocopy.exe to copy everything from the old to the new disk.
> 6. Connect the new disk to the server and test it. Do NOT connect the old
> disk at the same time.
>
> This is a low-cost and zero-risk method to obtain whatever partition size
> you require.
>
>
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163683 is a reply to message #163672] Thu, 04 June 2009 17:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Marco Yee  is currently offline Marco Yee  United States
Messages: 7
Registered: October 2009
Junior Member
Thanks for your help.
Could you tell me where I can get the "robocopy.exe"?

On your Step 4. "Connect the old and new disk as slave disks to some other
Windows PC," Because my old disk is SCSI, I need find any pc with SCSI
interface?

Actually my olde c drive is in mirror setup. For the other drive in mirror,
what should I do?Or just leave it alone, don't do anything?



"Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:ubwQYuU5JHA.3968@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>
> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
> news:OI7UQbU5JHA.4184@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Hi,
>>
>> I have a Windows 2003 R2 Standard server, SP2 that join to domain. It is
>> a DC. Now its c drive is going to be full. Is there any way to copy all C
>> drive data to a new bigger hard drive and no need to restore AD data and
>> re-intall all programs? Most of my files, programs and data is on D
>> drive. For C drive , I only install backup and anti-virus software. I am
>> not sure if this is right place to post this question?
>>
>> Thanks for any helps.
>>
>> Marco
>
> I would do this:
> 1. Get a new disk of suitable size.
> 2. Partition & format.
> 3. Mark the boot partition as "active".
> 4. Connect the old and the new disk as slave disks to some other Windows
> PC.
> 5. Use robocopy.exe to copy everything from the old to the new disk.
> 6. Connect the new disk to the server and test it. Do NOT connect the old
> disk at the same time.
>
> This is a low-cost and zero-risk method to obtain whatever partition size
> you require.
>
>
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163686 is a reply to message #163683] Thu, 04 June 2009 18:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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*** See below.

"Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
news:ez7RXkV5JHA.4932@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Thanks for your help.
> Could you tell me where I can get the "robocopy.exe"?
*** Google is your friend. Type this into a Google search box:
*** download "robocopy.exe"

> On your Step 4. "Connect the old and new disk as slave disks to some other
> Windows PC," Because my old disk is SCSI, I need find any pc with SCSI
> interface?
*** Somehow you must perform the copy process while Windows 2003
*** is not active. Here are a couple of methods:
*** a) By connecting the server disk as a slave disk to some other PC.
*** b) By booting the server with a Bart PE Boot CD.
*** If you want to know more about the Bart PE Boot CD - Google is your
friend!

> Actually my olde c drive is in mirror setup. For the other drive in
> mirror, what should I do?Or just leave it alone, don't do anything?
*** Break the mirror before performing the copy process, then
*** rebuild it after the successful cloning.

>
>
> "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:ubwQYuU5JHA.3968@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>>
>> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
>> news:OI7UQbU5JHA.4184@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I have a Windows 2003 R2 Standard server, SP2 that join to domain. It is
>>> a DC. Now its c drive is going to be full. Is there any way to copy all
>>> C drive data to a new bigger hard drive and no need to restore AD data
>>> and re-intall all programs? Most of my files, programs and data is on D
>>> drive. For C drive , I only install backup and anti-virus software. I am
>>> not sure if this is right place to post this question?
>>>
>>> Thanks for any helps.
>>>
>>> Marco
>>
>> I would do this:
>> 1. Get a new disk of suitable size.
>> 2. Partition & format.
>> 3. Mark the boot partition as "active".
>> 4. Connect the old and the new disk as slave disks to some other Windows
>> PC.
>> 5. Use robocopy.exe to copy everything from the old to the new disk.
>> 6. Connect the new disk to the server and test it. Do NOT connect the old
>> disk at the same time.
>>
>> This is a low-cost and zero-risk method to obtain whatever partition size
>> you require.
>>
>>
>
>
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163698 is a reply to message #163683] Thu, 04 June 2009 22:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
aceman  is currently offline aceman  United States
Messages: 5816
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
"Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
news:ez7RXkV5JHA.4932@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Thanks for your help.
> Could you tell me where I can get the "robocopy.exe"?
>
> On your Step 4. "Connect the old and new disk as slave disks to some other
> Windows PC," Because my old disk is SCSI, I need find any pc with SCSI
> interface?
>
> Actually my olde c drive is in mirror setup. For the other drive in
> mirror, what should I do?Or just leave it alone, don't do anything?

Mirrored? After following Pegasus' suggestion to break the mirror, and copy
the drive, you're going to need to get another identical drive to create a
new mirror.

Ace
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163848 is a reply to message #163698] Mon, 08 June 2009 22:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Marco Yee  is currently offline Marco Yee  United States
Messages: 7
Registered: October 2009
Junior Member
Because this is for our main data server, it has to be very clear on all
details before it go. For my understanding, please correct me if the
following steps is worng:
My problem is my server c drive is seagate 146GB that is in mirror with
another 146GB disk . But c drive was partitioned by vendor with 12GB only.
So now c drive is going to be full, So I want to expand my c drive space.
1. Get the new disk, partition and format it, make boot partition as
"active".
How should I do it to make active? By dos command "FDISK"? I am sorry.
It is long time not to use this command since
Windopws XP.
2. Shut dowm server, unplug my c drive (disk0)
3. connect both my c drive and new disk to another pc as slave. Windows XP
is fine?
4. Use "robocopy" to copy my c drive to new disk.
I was told "robocopy cannnot copy system file that are in use. So I
don't know in
my case if it can copy from one slave to anoth slave drive?
5. Plug the new disk back to my server as disk0. Reboot server. system will
auto- rebuild.
6. Before I pung back my new disk, do I need to re-partition my original
disk1 that is in mirror with disk0?
I was told I need to break mirror first. So when should I do that? before I
unplug my disk0?

Thanks a lot
Marco


"Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer]" <aceman@mvps.RemoveThisPart.org>
wrote in message news:unA3JaY5JHA.4404@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
> news:ez7RXkV5JHA.4932@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Thanks for your help.
>> Could you tell me where I can get the "robocopy.exe"?
>>
>> On your Step 4. "Connect the old and new disk as slave disks to some
>> other Windows PC," Because my old disk is SCSI, I need find any pc with
>> SCSI interface?
>>
>> Actually my olde c drive is in mirror setup. For the other drive in
>> mirror, what should I do?Or just leave it alone, don't do anything?
>
> Mirrored? After following Pegasus' suggestion to break the mirror, and
> copy the drive, you're going to need to get another identical drive to
> create a new mirror.
>
> Ace
>
>
>
>
>
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163850 is a reply to message #163848] Mon, 08 June 2009 23:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
aceman  is currently offline aceman  United States
Messages: 5816
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
"Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
news:%23RATbmK6JHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Because this is for our main data server, it has to be very clear on all
> details before it go. For my understanding, please correct me if the
> following steps is worng:
> My problem is my server c drive is seagate 146GB that is in mirror with
> another 146GB disk . But c drive was partitioned by vendor with 12GB only.
> So now c drive is going to be full, So I want to expand my c drive space.
> 1. Get the new disk, partition and format it, make boot partition as
> "active".
> How should I do it to make active? By dos command "FDISK"? I am sorry.
> It is long time not to use this command since
> Windopws XP.
> 2. Shut dowm server, unplug my c drive (disk0)
> 3. connect both my c drive and new disk to another pc as slave. Windows XP
> is fine?
> 4. Use "robocopy" to copy my c drive to new disk.
> I was told "robocopy cannnot copy system file that are in use. So I
> don't know in
> my case if it can copy from one slave to anoth slave drive?
> 5. Plug the new disk back to my server as disk0. Reboot server. system
> will auto- rebuild.
> 6. Before I pung back my new disk, do I need to re-partition my original
> disk1 that is in mirror with disk0?
> I was told I need to break mirror first. So when should I do that? before
> I unplug my disk0?
>
> Thanks a lot
> Marco


Oh, I see. This is about increasing a partition, not a physical hard drive.
That is different. This changes the procedure. There are tools, such as
Server Magic from the makers of Partition Magic that will do this trick.
There is also using an imaging software such as Ghost, that can do the trick
as well.

With Ghost, in a nutshell, make sure you have a complete backup. Then boot
with a DOS bootable CD with the Ghost software. Choose drive 0 as the
source, and drive 1 as the target. When you select local drive to drive
option, it will ask you the partition size. Select the whole drive for the
target.

I can look for specific step by steps if you like, but the easy way out
seems to be Server Magic. Maybe Pegasus or one of the other guys can offer
other suggestions.

Ace
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163853 is a reply to message #163848] Tue, 09 June 2009 03:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
news  is currently offline news  Switzerland
Messages: 2294
Registered: July 2009
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*** See below.

"Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
news:%23RATbmK6JHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Because this is for our main data server, it has to be very clear on all
> details before it go. For my understanding, please correct me if the
> following steps is worng:
> My problem is my server c drive is seagate 146GB that is in mirror with
> another 146GB disk . But c drive was partitioned by vendor with 12GB only.
> So now c drive is going to be full, So I want to expand my c drive space.
> 1. Get the new disk, partition and format it, make boot partition as
> "active".
> How should I do it to make active? By dos command "FDISK"? I am sorry.
> It is long time not to use this command since Windows XP.
*** This is standard Windows stuff. You connect the new disk to
*** some Windows machine, then run diskmgmt.msc to perform the
*** various steps. Fdisk is a DOS comand - it has no place in
*** the world of Windows!

> 2. Shut dowm server, unplug my c drive (disk0)
*** You must first break the mirror!

> 3. connect both my c drive and new disk to another pc as slave. Windows XP
> is fine?
*** Yes.

> 4. Use "robocopy" to copy my c drive to new disk.
> I was told "robocopy cannnot copy system file that are in use. So I
> don't know in my case if it can copy from one slave to anoth slave drive?
*** You have been misinformed. Robocopy will copy everything, provided
*** that the system you wish to copy is not currently active. A Windows XP
*** machine will do nicely.

> 5. Plug the new disk back to my server as disk0. Reboot server. system
> will auto- rebuild.
*** I don't know what you mean with "auto-rebuild".
*** Don't forget to disconnect *both* old disks!

> 6. Before I pung back my new disk, do I need to re-partition my original
> disk1 that is in mirror with disk0?
*** Leave the old disk as it is until you're absolutely sure that
*** the new disk works. This is why it is a zero-risk process!

> I was told I need to break mirror first. So when should I do that? before
> I unplug my disk0?
*** To break a mirror, both parts of the mirror must be connected . . .

*** After booting your machine successfully you can reconnect the
*** second disk and rebuild the mirror.

*** Remember: This method relies on you using a new disk. This
*** is because you said in your first post "copy all C drive data to
*** a new bigger hard drive".

> Thanks a lot
> Marco
>
>
> "Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer]" <aceman@mvps.RemoveThisPart.org>
> wrote in message news:unA3JaY5JHA.4404@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
>> news:ez7RXkV5JHA.4932@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>>> Thanks for your help.
>>> Could you tell me where I can get the "robocopy.exe"?
>>>
>>> On your Step 4. "Connect the old and new disk as slave disks to some
>>> other Windows PC," Because my old disk is SCSI, I need find any pc with
>>> SCSI interface?
>>>
>>> Actually my olde c drive is in mirror setup. For the other drive in
>>> mirror, what should I do?Or just leave it alone, don't do anything?
>>
>> Mirrored? After following Pegasus' suggestion to break the mirror, and
>> copy the drive, you're going to need to get another identical drive to
>> create a new mirror.
>>
>> Ace
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163983 is a reply to message #163853] Wed, 10 June 2009 20:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Marco Yee  is currently offline Marco Yee  United States
Messages: 7
Registered: October 2009
Junior Member
"Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:O44JCFN6JHA.5780@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
> *** See below.
>
> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
> news:%23RATbmK6JHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Because this is for our main data server, it has to be very clear on all
>> details before it go. For my understanding, please correct me if the
>> following steps is worng:
>> My problem is my server c drive is seagate 146GB that is in mirror with
>> another 146GB disk . But c drive was partitioned by vendor with 12GB
>> only. So now c drive is going to be full, So I want to expand my c drive
>> space.
>> 1. Get the new disk, partition and format it, make boot partition as
>> "active".
>> How should I do it to make active? By dos command "FDISK"? I am sorry.
>> It is long time not to use this command since Windows XP.
> *** This is standard Windows stuff. You connect the new disk to
> *** some Windows machine, then run diskmgmt.msc to perform the
> *** various steps. Fdisk is a DOS comand - it has no place in
> *** the world of Windows!
>
>> 2. Shut dowm server, unplug my c drive (disk0)
> *** You must first break the mirror!
>
>> 3. connect both my c drive and new disk to another pc as slave. Windows
>> XP is fine?
> *** Yes.
>
>> 4. Use "robocopy" to copy my c drive to new disk.
>> I was told "robocopy cannnot copy system file that are in use. So I
>> don't know in my case if it can copy from one slave to anoth slave
>> drive?
> *** You have been misinformed. Robocopy will copy everything, provided
> *** that the system you wish to copy is not currently active. A Windows XP
> *** machine will do nicely.
>
>> 5. Plug the new disk back to my server as disk0. Reboot server. system
>> will auto- rebuild.
> *** I don't know what you mean with "auto-rebuild".
> *** Don't forget to disconnect *both* old disks!
>
>> 6. Before I pung back my new disk, do I need to re-partition my original
>> disk1 that is in mirror with disk0?
> *** Leave the old disk as it is until you're absolutely sure that
> *** the new disk works. This is why it is a zero-risk process!
>
>> I was told I need to break mirror first. So when should I do that? before
>> I unplug my disk0?
> *** To break a mirror, both parts of the mirror must be connected . . .
>
> *** After booting your machine successfully you can reconnect the
> *** second disk and rebuild the mirror.

Before I reconnect the second disk, do I need to re-partition it with whole
space 146GB? I think right now the second disk should be 12GB partition.


>
> *** Remember: This method relies on you using a new disk. This
> *** is because you said in your first post "copy all C drive data to
> *** a new bigger hard drive".
>
>> Thanks a lot
>> Marco
>>
>>
>> "Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer]"
>> <aceman@mvps.RemoveThisPart.org> wrote in message
>> news:unA3JaY5JHA.4404@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>>> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
>>> news:ez7RXkV5JHA.4932@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>>>> Thanks for your help.
>>>> Could you tell me where I can get the "robocopy.exe"?
>>>>
>>>> On your Step 4. "Connect the old and new disk as slave disks to some
>>>> other Windows PC," Because my old disk is SCSI, I need find any pc with
>>>> SCSI interface?
>>>>
>>>> Actually my olde c drive is in mirror setup. For the other drive in
>>>> mirror, what should I do?Or just leave it alone, don't do anything?
>>>
>>> Mirrored? After following Pegasus' suggestion to break the mirror, and
>>> copy the drive, you're going to need to get another identical drive to
>>> create a new mirror.
>>>
>>> Ace
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
Re: Server C Drive Space [message #163987 is a reply to message #163983] Thu, 11 June 2009 01:39 Go to previous message
news  is currently offline news  Switzerland
Messages: 2294
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"Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
news:%23Qw$K8i6JHA.2656@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>
> "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:O44JCFN6JHA.5780@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
>> *** See below.
>>
>> "Marco Yee" <yeem@beala.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23RATbmK6JHA.6004@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>>> Because this is for our main data server, it has to be very clear on all
>>> details before it go. For my understanding, please correct me if the
>>> following steps is worng:
>>> My problem is my server c drive is seagate 146GB that is in mirror with
>>> another 146GB disk . But c drive was partitioned by vendor with 12GB
>>> only. So now c drive is going to be full, So I want to expand my c drive
>>> space.
>>> 1. Get the new disk, partition and format it, make boot partition as
>>> "active".
>>> How should I do it to make active? By dos command "FDISK"? I am
>>> sorry. It is long time not to use this command since Windows XP.
>> *** This is standard Windows stuff. You connect the new disk to
>> *** some Windows machine, then run diskmgmt.msc to perform the
>> *** various steps. Fdisk is a DOS comand - it has no place in
>> *** the world of Windows!
>>
>>> 2. Shut dowm server, unplug my c drive (disk0)
>> *** You must first break the mirror!
>>
>>> 3. connect both my c drive and new disk to another pc as slave. Windows
>>> XP is fine?
>> *** Yes.
>>
>>> 4. Use "robocopy" to copy my c drive to new disk.
>>> I was told "robocopy cannnot copy system file that are in use. So I
>>> don't know in my case if it can copy from one slave to anoth slave
>>> drive?
>> *** You have been misinformed. Robocopy will copy everything, provided
>> *** that the system you wish to copy is not currently active. A Windows
>> XP
>> *** machine will do nicely.
>>
>>> 5. Plug the new disk back to my server as disk0. Reboot server. system
>>> will auto- rebuild.
>> *** I don't know what you mean with "auto-rebuild".
>> *** Don't forget to disconnect *both* old disks!
>>
>>> 6. Before I pung back my new disk, do I need to re-partition my original
>>> disk1 that is in mirror with disk0?
>> *** Leave the old disk as it is until you're absolutely sure that
>> *** the new disk works. This is why it is a zero-risk process!
>>
>>> I was told I need to break mirror first. So when should I do that?
>>> before I unplug my disk0?
>> *** To break a mirror, both parts of the mirror must be connected . . .
>>
>> *** After booting your machine successfully you can reconnect the
>> *** second disk and rebuild the mirror.
>
> Before I reconnect the second disk, do I need to re-partition it with
> whole space 146GB? I think right now the second disk should be 12GB
> partition.

It is entirely up to you how you partition the new disk.
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